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School Fundraisers Subject to New Nutritional Requirements

Bake Sales Go on Diet with New Ban

Schools are putting aside cupcakes, brownies, chocolate treats and more to meet requirements of the federal law that aims to curb childhood obesity. 

According to The Wall Street Journal, fundraisers must adhere to nutritional requirements that could replace cupcakes and brownies with fruit cups and granola bars. At Chapman School in Nebraska, students use bake sales to raise money for school supplies, field trips and an annual trip to Washington. They also sell chocolate bars to fund their school yearbook. 

"The chocolate bars are a big seller," said Jeff Ellsworth, principal of the middle school. He said he isn't sure how to "break the news to the kids."

The restrictions that took effect in July come from the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, the article said. The law has affected 30 million children with new nutritional changes, such as taking out fatty french fries and replacing them with baked sweet potato fries. The law has also required the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set standards for the types of food and beverages sold during the school day. It allowed, however, for "infrequent fundraisers," and states were allowed to decide how many bake sales they would have per year. 

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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